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Former Arlington Co. sheriff's deputy found guilty of voluntary manslaughter

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A jury found a former Arlington County sheriff’s deputy guilty Friday in the case of a man who was shot and killed in Alexandria earlier this year.

Craig Patterson was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and the jury has recommended a six-year sentence for the shooting death of 23-year-old Julian Dawkins.

The victim's family is outraged. They say justice has not been served.

Prosecutors had charged 45-year-old Patterson with first-degree murder, but after days of deliberation, jurors convicted him of the lesser charge.

Prosecutors allege the motive behind the shooting on May 22 in the Del Ray area was that Patterson felt angry and disrespected by Dawkins.

They say Patterson and Dawkins had a verbal fight, but instead of Patterson cooling off and calling 911, he allegedly went back to his house to get his badge, handcuffs and gun.

Patterson testified he fired his gun after Dawkins, who was drunk and Patterson says wielding a knife, charged at him.

Dawkins was a shuttle driver for the PBS NewsHour program.

His family is devastated by the verdict.

“Julian was my only child. Mr. Patterson took not only my past, but my present and my future from me,” said Gwen Pratt, Dawkins’ mother. “I don’t have any more children. I’ll never be able to be a grandmother. He just took a lot from me, and for him to walk out of that courtroom showing no kind of remorse and to only be sentenced to six years that he hasn’t really received yet, is an outrage to me.”

Patterson is no longer an Arlington County sheriff's deputy. According to his family's pastor, he has been studying to become a pastor too.

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